#BookTour The Passengers by John Marrs

Welcome to a special birthday blog post for me, a blog tour for one of my favourite author’s John Marrs.

Thanks so much to Tracy at Compulsive Readers(@Tr4cyF3nt0n) and John Marrs for welcoming me on the tour and for gifting me the book to read. As usual when I get bought, purchase or sent a John Marrs book I squeal with excitement. I can’t describe how much I love and enjoy John’s work, each book I have read by him is genius work and has me hooked from the first page.

The Passengers is John’s sixth book which was available in kindle from the 1st April with the paperback being available after the 16th May.

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My Thoughts

If you follow me then you know how much I love John’s work. His originality and story telling techniques are simply genius.

This book is no different. By the end of chapter one, I was hooked. After a severely long book slump, one which spanned over the course of several months, this book brought me back. John’s skill and writing took my mind out of the slump and into his futuristic world.

The book itself is set in the not to distant future where technology is taking over and we have automatic cars on the road, some of which are fully automatic, meaning there is no override system and the technology is in control.

It is here where our hacker takes advantage and takes over 8 ‘random’ cars and passengers. Each passenger is told they have 2.5 hours until they reach there destination and more than likely meet their death. Meanwhile, in a ‘secret’ location, there is a government meeting taking place. A select group of individuals such as doctors, lawyers and religious representatives, who discuss accidents that happen in the driverless cars to see who is to blame.

It is here where the hacker makes his entrance, informing the jury that they, along with the general public through social media, have the responsibility of saving only one passenger.  But who will they choose?

The introduction of social media and how it was used with the general public being given the power to vote, just shows how cruel and judgemental people could be based on limited information about the victims.  It’s a harsh reality when you understand that this judgement of a book by its cover takes place in todays society even now.

As you can no doubt see, this book is full of multiple, twists, turns and several gasps. You do not see any of it coming which is great.

Another thing which I really enjoyed, and have done with his other books, is the subtle reference to his other work. Items from ‘The One’ is mentioned and it just really made me smile, its so clever how John interlinks his work without making it seem obvious, you really don’t see anything coming and I love that.

It was a brilliant read and I would urge you to head to the shops, or amazon and purchase/pre-order this book. It’s a brilliant book which needs to be read. If you enjoyed ‘The One’ and in fact any of John’s previous work, then you will enjoy this. Its quite simply FAB U LOUS!!

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The Blurb

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

Available to buy:

Amazon (UK)    |  Waterstones  |  Book Depository

About John Marrs:

John Marrs

John Marrs is the author of #1 bestsellers The One (soon to be made into a film with Urban Myth Films), The Good Samaritan (shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018), When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer. 

His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.

Follow him on Twitter @johnmarrs1 Facebook: @johnmarrsauthor Instagram: @johnmarrs.author  website: johnmarrsauthor.co.uk

Don’t forget to follow the blog tour and visit the other wonderful blogs across April.

Until next time,

George x

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